“You cannot bash in the head of an American citizen without written permission from the State Department…”


In Stardust Memories (1980), director-star Woody Allen has a little fun at his own expense (not to mention his fans) when he allows the filmmaker he plays in the movie, Sandy Bates, to be approached by devotees who gush that they’re huge fans of his work, especially his “early, funny movies.”  I can’t help but laugh out loud every time I see this because I admittedly prefer most of Allen’s early vehicles as opposed to the somewhat pretentious content of the films in the twilight of his career.  One of my favorites is Bananas (1971), a film that released to theaters forty years ago on this date and which you can read about over at Edward Copeland on Film…and More—in the essay I discuss how the Woodman pays tribute to many of the film comics of the past, notably the great silent clowns (Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd), Bob Hope, and especially The Marx Brothers.

And since I couldn’t think of a proper way to finish this post, here’s the trailer for the film on that newfangled YouTube the younger folk keep talking about:

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